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Green Japanese Expo tower launches at the AA

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A Prototype Hypertower, a 600m confection of coloured pipes, service cranes and helipads proposed for World Expo in Nagoya, Japan in 2005, is being shown at an aa exhibition launched this week. The tower (below) is ecologically sensitive, with a small footprint to prevent much of the destruction of more horizontal designs.

aa graduate Dr Ken Yeang of T R Hamzah & Yeang, Malaysia designed the tower. Shizuo Harada of Esco, Japan, and Tengku Robert Hamzah also worked up the proposal.

The exhibition, 'Mei Da Mei Xiao' (ambiguity in scale), runs from 29 April to 22 May. Two other exhibitions run at the same time. 'Fragments of Utopia' by David Wild looks at design dreams and ideals in Holland during the Russian Revolution and through Le Corbusier. 'Ke Da Ke Xiao' (possibly big, possibly small) presents the work of three architects from East Asia: Kay Ngee Tan of knta, Singapore; Ti-nan Chi of Chi's Workshop, Taipei; and Yung-ho Chang of Feichang Jianzhu, Beijing. Contact the aa on 0171 887 4000.

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